Steven Fox will play in his fourth and final Carpet Capital Collegiate.
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Mocs Menís Golf Opens Season Friday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team opens its season Friday in a familiar location. Head Coach Mark Guhne's five-some tee off at the Carpet Capital Collegiate on the Farm in nearby Rocky Face Ga.

The Carpet Capital Collegiate Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in college golf. It is known as the "Masters of Collegiate Golf".

"When we won in 2008, it meant our program had arrived," Guhne said. "This is one of the best tournaments our guys will ever play, amateur or pro. It is a special event at a special place."

It is no surprise that senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) leads the Mocs to the Farm in his fourth appearance in the event. The U.S. Amateur Champ is joined by senior Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.), juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) as well as sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland).

UTC faces stiff competition per usual in the event. The select group of 12 from the previous few years has added three new teams. NCAA runner-up Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, LSU, Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest all return, while 2012 NCAA Champion Texas joins the party with North Florida, a top 10 team in 2011-12, and North Carolina.

The tournament opens on Friday, September 7, and runs through Sunday, September 9. It is a 54-hole event with 18 holes played per day. Follow @GoMocsMGLF on Twitter for regular updates on play at the course. Live scoring and tee time links will be on GoMocs.com when available.

2012 Carpet Capital Collegiate - Sept. 7-9
Tournament Field
Alabama, Auburn, CHATTANOOGA, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, LSU, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, UNF, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wake Forest

Tournament Info

Dates

Sept. 7-9

Location

Rocky Face, Ga. (Dalton)

Format

54 Holes - 18 per day

Course

The Farm

Par

72

Yardage

7,012

No. of Teams

15

2011 Champion 

Auburn (Chattanooga 6th)

Medalist

Justin Thomas (Alabama), 206 (-10)

Lineup

NAME

OVERALL AVG 

SPRING 

Davis Bunn

N/A

N/A

Steven Fox

N/A

N/A

Liam Johnston 

N/A

N/A

Alex Ratliff

N/A

N/A

Chris Robb

N/A

N/A

TEAM

N/A

N/A

Head Coach
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his eighth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 16 team titles under his watch, including four SoCon titles and one NCAA Regional. He has been named SoCon Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009).  He has coached 12 medalists and one U.S. Amateur Champ (2012 - Steven Fox).

Years

 Wins 

 Losses 

 Ties 

 Titles 

2005-06

105

56

1

1

2006-07

149

50

2

4

 2007-08 

158

42

4

5

2008-09

101

77

1

3

2009-10

113

64

1

1

2010-11

107

41

3

0

2011-12

112

56

0

2

Totals

845

386

12

16

Up Next
It's like going from the frying pan into the fire for Chattanooga. Next up is the PING/Golfweek Preview Sept. 23-25 at the site of the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Capital City Club Crabapple Course. Seven of the eight teams that qualified for the match play including the two NCAA finalists from a year ago, Texas and Alabama, will be there. Thirteen of the top 20 teams at the end of the 2012 season are in the field with all 15 teams ranking among the top 32.

Notes
 - The Mocs return four of five starters from last year's NCAA Bowling Green Regional Champion along with two letterwinners and three strong freshmen from the state of Tennessee. United States Amateur Champion Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) headlines the group that includes senior Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.), juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Benni Weilguni (Langelois, Austria) and sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland). First team All-American and four-time PING All-East Region performer Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) graduated. Fox, Bunn, Johnston, Ratliff and Robb are the lineup for the Carpet Capital.
 - Freshmen Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) will battle for spots in the lineup as will Wes Gosselin (Knoxville, Tenn.) once he returns from an arm injury.
 - Chattanooga is looking to return to past heights at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate. UTC captured the Carpet Capital crown in 2008 and finished second in 2009.
 - Carpet Capital Collegiate history for Mocs:

 Year 

 Place 

Team Scores

Low Ind.

2007

T9

 299-294-293=886 (+22 )

T10, Derek Rende, 216, E

2008

1

291-283-290=864 (E)

T2, Jonathan Hodge, 213, -3

2009

2

291-284-288=863 (-1)

T3, Stephan Jaeger, 211, -5

2010

T8

290-285-305=880 (+16)

T7, Steven Fox, 213, -3

2011

6

287-287-290=864 (E)

 T14, Stephan Jaeger, 215 (-1) 


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Twelve of the 15 schools in the field are back from last years. Three have been added and it is quite a list. Texas, North Florida and North Carolina are the newcomers.  The Longhorns were 2012 national champions while UNF ended the season ranked No. 10.
 - The field for the Carpet Capital includes six SEC programs (Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee) and four from the ACC (Clemson, Georgia Tech, UNC, Wake Forest).
 - This is Fox’s fourth and final Carpet Capital Collegiate. He has proven to be quite fond of the Tom Fazio tract.  Fox is five over in 162 holes with four par or better rounds including two in the 60s with a low of 69.  He finished tied for seventh (2010), tied for 24th (2009) and tied for 27th (2011) in his three outings.  His high score of 76 came in the first round last year.
 - While Fox (162), Bunn (108) and Robb (108) have 100-plus holes experience in the event, Ratliff and Johnston are making their first appearances in the “Masters of Collegiate Golf”.
 - Fox had the big win of the 2012 summer circuit for the Mocs, but he was not alone. Johnston and Robb each won in their native Scotland. Johnston captured the Tennant Cup at Glasgow Gailes and Killermont in June. He shot 68-62 over the final 36 holes for a one-shot win. Robb won the North East Open at Newmachar Golf Club. He shot six-under to win by five over former Walker Cupper Graham Gordon.

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